The Socratic Method

Let's discuss how the Socratic Method can help tease truths out of a discussion.  A great start can be found here:

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4384

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  • Jonathan S.

    Well attended. Not a great discussion

    October 28, 2013

    • Nick M.

      I agree, well attended. I'm curious Jonathan, in the spirit of the "method", what's your definition" of "great."? You don't have to answer, unless, of course, your curious. But, I won't be labor your assertion. :-)

      October 28, 2013

  • Nick M.

    This was my first time at your group and I confess I was bit apprehensive. I only knew Jonathan and I didn't quite know what to expect. I did know, in my own way, Socrates' "method" and a little about dialogue. So, I knew I would be able to contribute at least something helpful to the group. My first impression is a very positive one. In doing dialogue and Socratic work, a feeling of safety is paramount and I felt safe in the company of the group members. I would be happy to contribute to further develop the Socratic method especially in its expanded form, dialogue, for our group. I've been working on another form of dialogue which put's the "philosophical" tradition into much more active role. I call it "narrative-dialogue". A good example in its raw from was displayed today at the meeting to my delight! I look forward to other meetings. Thank you all.

    Nick

    October 27, 2013

    • Nick M.

      I wanted to add, that the term "narrative-dialogue­" is my own for what I consider philosophy to be, an active practice instead of a subject or body of doctrine, ideas or principles. It combines, "narrative" which is derived from story and mythos( myth) with the sharing of words between( dia-logos). Narrative actually means bringing ones own story into the dialogue to explore meaning and who we are and for me this can help us to realize the full flowering of our humanity in my prejudiced, but hopefully humble opinion.

      October 27, 2013

    • Nick M.

      One more thing, when you brought your story about your experience with the creative process in art into the conversation, that was an example of what I mean by "narrative" in "narrative-dialogue­". Very nice, helpful. I heard about NLP and I found it quite interesting, although,I never explored it deeply enough to make any unbiased( or informed biased) comments at this time.I'm looking forward to further our acquaintance via the group as well.

      October 27, 2013

  • Kraye G.

    Sorry I didn't make it. Got stuck up in a barn in Calais.

    October 27, 2013

  • Nick M.

    I believe that the philosophical tradition emerged out of a much deeper mythical/ poetic tradition as inflected through the Greek language. That mythic element is happily still alive even if at times unfairly besieged. The "Socratic Method" is a part of that tradition in my view.

    October 26, 2013

  • Nick M.

    Greetings. I found out about your group and this particular meeting topic from my friend Jonathan Stevens. Socrates and I go back much further, when I read Plato's "Republic" at age 14. Couldn't resist joining in. Hope to see everyone tomorrow for some "method" work.

    October 26, 2013

  • Kraye G.

    HOpefully, I will be able to make this one. Homecoming!!!!
    There is a very small outside chance that some stuff will rise to the surface and I'll have to deal with it. Very small chance. Looking forwards to it.

    October 21, 2013

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